The Short List: Disallowed Self-Directed IRA Transactions

One of the things we talk about a lot on our blog is that there are so many options when it comes to investing with your self-directed IRA. A whole new world opens up with real estate, private companies and LLCs, precious metals, and more. This freedom, flexibility, and choice are huge benefits. However, it…


Partnering to Purchase Real Estate

You have your self-directed IRA set up, and after talking with your custodian from IRA Innovations, you’ve determined that you are interested in investing in real estate. You’ve even got your eye on a property that you’d like to potentially purchase. But there’s just one problem. You don’t have enough money in your IRA yet…


Types of IRA Plans That Can Be Self-Directed

There are so many possibilities of what you can do with a self-directed IRA. But there are also a few options when it comes to the type of IRA you should start with. Before you start investing in real estate, gold coins, or LLCs, consider these factors. IRA Types Traditional IRA —  Contributions to a…


So What Exactly Is a Self-Directed IRA?

We talk a lot about self-directed IRAs on our blog, but we thought it might be a good time to have a little refresher course on exactly what that is. While many people are familiar with IRAs (individual retirement account) in general, the self-directed form is not quite so widely known. So what exactly is…


Investing in Real Estate and Getting a Mortgage

The ability to use self-directed IRAs for a wider variety of alternative investments is one of its biggest benefits. Since self-directed IRAs are legal entities, they can borrow money, and they can get a mortgage. However, it’s very important to know that the loan must be a non-recourse loan. A non-recourse loan is a secured…


Rebuilding Communities One Foreclosure At a Time

Investing in foreclosures with your self-directed IRA is one of the riskier, more challenging investments (as we discuss in this blog post), but it can also be very rewarding in a variety of ways. The long-term returns can be significant, and it could also be that you find your dream home when it’s in foreclosure….


In It For the Long Haul: Foreclosure Properties

A few years ago, after the housing market decline in 2008, there were many foreclosures out there. Although the housing market is doing much better today, there are still foreclosures waiting for someone to come along who sees their potential, and there always will be in the years ahead. Investing in foreclosure properties is a…


Gold and Silver and Platinum, Oh My!

Real estate, private equities and lending money with your IRA are all self-directed options we have discussed recently. (link to those posts) While those are all tangible items in a sense, this post is all about something you can actually reach out and hold in your hand: precious metals. Many financial professionals from all over…


LPs, LLCs, IRAs: How Are They Related?

Did you know that you can purchase or sell interests in Limited Partnerships (LP) and Limited Liability Companies (LLC) with your self directed IRA? It’s true, and just another great option for investors who want to be more involved with their IRA and diversify investments. Let’s look at each one individually to find out what…


Case Study: Lending Money

As we shared in this post about lending money through a self-directed IRA, making loans in this manner can be very profitable. It’s also a great way to diversity your portfolio. There are many creditworthy people out there who would be disqualified for lending through a traditional bank loan. Those who are self-employed or someone whose…